an update for the week of july 26, 2004
Okay people, listen up. I have a secret for you. Alan Greenspan just might get this democracy thing after all.
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Congress Vacations, Workers Can't: No Overtime Fix Yet: While members of Congress and countless Americans enjoy their summer vacations between now and Labor Day, there lies a huge piece of unfinished business on the Congressional agenda--one that could make the summer for those average Americans much less enjoyable after August 23. Congress has adjourned for its traditional summer recess without doing anything to prevent new overtime regulations from going into effect in late August. A couple of recent studies now confirm what was already anticipated: that more workers will be harmed than helped by the changes. And while a number of U.S. businesses may not yet be geared up to transform the way they pay their workers, especially with the political outcome still in doubt, some workers will undoubtedly see changes before Labor Day. It's not too late for Congress to fix the problem when it resumes in September, but it certainly makes an already messy situation even messier.
this week in the courts
McDowell v. Calvin Presbyterian Church  (Ninth Circuit; No. 02-35805)
Decision Date: July 23, 2004
Plaintiff may not file Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation claims against a church involving ministerial employment decisions, which are protected under the ministerial exception; however, she may succeed in these claims if she proves a hostile work environment and that she suffered from retaliatory harassment.
Smith v. US Postal Serv.  (Sixth Circuit; No. 02-6073)
Decision Date: July 15, 2004
In an employment discrimination case, the Court affirmed dismissal of plaintiff's Equal Pay Act claim, but reversed the granting of summary judgment on the claims for sex, age, and disability discrimination.
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